Thomas Hannich, Head of Metabolomics, CEMM (Austria)

Thomas Hannich

Current position: head of metabolism, CeMM. on molecular discovery platformResearch Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
place: Vienna, Austria
Scope/Research Subject: Metabolism and lipidomics in the context of molecular medicine

Image Credits: Laura Alvarez, CeMM, Vienna

Can you describe your career path after leaving NCCR Chemical Biology? What enabled you to reach this new position?

Already during my time as a postdoc and maitre assistant with Howard Reisman at the University of Geneva I was engaged in several multi-disciplinary collaboration, I have always found it very beneficial to support other groups with my metabolomics and lipidomics expertise. When a position became available as Head of Metabolism at CeMM in Vienna, I applied. I knew the Institute and Director, Giulio Superti-Furga, from past scientific conferences including the NCCR Chemical Biology Symposium 2020, where he was the keynote speaker. In fact, I wrote the conference teaser for the NCCR Chembio blog on Giulio. The philosophies of CeMM and NCCR Chemical Biology are very similar, which facilitated the introduction of CeMM and prepared me for super-collaborative scientific work.

What was the most exciting moment of your career so far? Why?

building a new team By far the most exciting and rewarding aspect of my work was for the Metabolomics facility. I am very pleased with the team I have recruited, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance the metabolic efforts at CEMM.

What is your best memory as a race?Image credits: Klaus Pichler, CEMM, ViennaYearture in NCCR?

I have always enjoyed NCCR Retreat. Discuss chemical biology questions with fellow scientists from completely different areas of research Had a lot of fun and taught me a lot. Especially now that conferences are only taking place virtually, I miss such intense scientific exchanges.

What is your source of inspiration (whether from a science context or not) or what is your driving source?

I find inspiration in many things: art, music, literature, sports or politics. But most importantly, I am inspired by people I admire or who have touched me. i often see Similarities Between Art and Science, Both seek to explore reality and build models of the world around us and the human experience. also had a major impact on my scientific interest fatherhood, I think a lot about developmental biology as my child grows up.

What are your current responsibilities as Head of Metabolism at CeMM?

I support metabolic efforts in CEMM, as well as supporting researchers and groups from outside the institute. We conduct and recommend metabolomics and lipidomics analysis. I lead a team with three coworkers. In addition to scientific work, I have more administrative responsibilities, including managing the budget and developing a business plan for the Metabolomics platform.

At NCCR, you have been a part of the editorial committee of the blog for many years. What did this experience bring you?

Working on the NCCR Blog helped me get involved in many aspects of NCCR Chemical Biology outreach Attempt. One of the most interesting aspects was working with Niemann-Pick Foundation, NPSuisse, Interestingly, the NPC1 transporter involved in this disease is a member of the SLC solute carrier family. One of my main clients at CeMM is the ReSOLUTE Consortium which studies the metabolic effects of SLC carriers.

What advice would you give to a junior scientist looking to follow his path?

if you wish technology development and collaborative work, then Leading a research service facility can be a great career option, It will also expand your scientific breadth to be involved in many diverse scientific projects. I am learning something new every day

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